Port Canaveral Offshore 05-16-13
When NOAA forecast sea's at 3-4' you never really know what to expect. We got a little of the good and bad this trip. Wind was a little stiffer than hoped with moderate swells, and the ride out proved to be wet and choppy and slow, but as we crossed into blue water in 120', it started to settle. At 140' a weedline with a clean edge was seem and though our gameplan was to put meat in the box first and then drag lines, it look too good to pass, especially since no other boats were yet on it.
Lines were deployed, only 4 to start with. It only took 5 minutes for fish to find our baits. Fisrt fish not that big, a single, maybe 8 lb cow. But we continued on for a while until the weedline faded out and then turned and ran North. It was quiet for some time until the line started singing, A Nice Bull hit and ran, and so we were feeling good about changing our gameplan. This fish really did not want near the boat and was making a lot of eratic moves, forceing us to clear the other lines. As we got it closer to the boat, we went ahead and fed another line out which proceeded to have another fish instantly take it, an even larger Bull.
The first fish, in gaff range decided to run under the boat, so I quickly killed the motors and had to run the rod tip buried in the water around back to avoid cutting off on the props. Mission accomplished and fish in the boat. Motors fired back up to fight the 2nd fish. This fish too saved enough energy to stay just out of gaff range for a few tries, but in time but eventually it too visited our icebox.
Lines reset and we continued North. Again quiet for a while, then a Cuda ate our bait, and was quickly released. The next fish on was a little bigger fight. My shotgun line with a large Wahoo lure went off and the 50 wide was singing. This fish stayed in the water and we were thinking Wahoo. Well it was Blue, but with a large Sail. This was a lot healthier Sail than most, being quite thick and about 7 to 7 1/2' long. It proved to be a tag team battle for my guest, but we got it boatside. It proved tougher to remove safely the large cast hook while in the water, so we quickly brought it in to get it out, and got it revived well before releasing.
With a goal to still fight AJ's and the weedline starting to scatter, we pointed the bow east and trolled our way to the deeper wrecks. Another Cuda was all we had to show for that run. Arriving at our spot, we found 3 kts of current, which is stiff but manageable with our large speed jigs. First drop had a fish on even before stopping the drop! With that fight over, we made a second pass, and with similar results.
A weedline and rip pushed from east to west over the site and suddenly we found ourselves in currents pushing 4 1/2. This proved much more challanging in nearly 300' of water. The Jacks seemed to be holding closer to the structure now, but we finally got our timing worked out, and continued with the fight.
With a few real nice mahi and limit of AJ's in the box, and a healthy Sailfish release, we headed for port to clean fish with Happy but wore out anglers.
Captain Henry www.ACME-Ventures-Fishing.com 321-794-7955
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